Anime 
TL;DR
Black Clover Season 1
ブラッククローバー (Burakku Kurōbā)

Synopsis

Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth after being abandoned at a church orphanage on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom at the same time. In a world where everyone has the natural ability to perform a kind of magic, or a Magical Power (魔力 Maryoku), Asta is the only person born without any, leading him to train physically as compensation. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. When they are 15, Asta and Yuno are granted the ability to become wizards known as Magic Knights by receiving grimoires, with which all magical power is channeled. Yuno is granted a wind-based grimoire held by the kingdom’s first Wizard King, while Asta does not receive one. However, when a thief incapacitates Yuno to try and sell his grimoire on the black market, Asta summons his own grimoire, which contains the rare and mysterious Anti-Magic (enabling him to cancel out all magical effects), to defeat him. The story then follows the two boys in their time within separate squads in the Magic Knights, as they build a friendly rivalry to try and become the Wizard King themselves.
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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Music
World building

Cons

Character design
Dialogs
Filler

PROs CONS

Overview

Black Clover is published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in Japan, and Viz Media is publishing it in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital anthology magazine in the United States.

An original video animation produced by Xebec had its first trailer released on November 27, 2016, while an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot premiered on October 3, 2017.

Alternative title

– ブラッククローバー
– Black Clover
– Kara Yonca
– Черна детелина
– Burakku Kurōbā

TL;DR Review

Black Clover (Japanese: ブラッククローバー Hepburn: Burakku Kurōbā) is a Japanese fantasy shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata.

The animation isn’t bad, just a little basic. It gives off that animated for kids vibe, so it doesn’t need to be any more detail than needed.

The characters of Black Clover are incredibly one dimensional. Our main protagonist and his rival are upgraded to 1.2 dimensions. Most characters can be described with just a few adjectives. What’s more insulting is, the show needs to beat this dead horse over and over to advertise how one note they are. For example, we constantly getting re-introduced to the Black Bull members and each member list their one trait as if a roll call was issued. We have a guy with a little sister complex, the high and mighty royal girl constantly complaining, the giant guy that says nothing, the creepy goth dude that whisper, the little girl that constantly eating, etc.

Our main character Asta, however, gets two traits. Loud and obnoxious. It’s like he never heard of an indoor voice. He needs to shout when he fight, shout when he’s excited, shout when he’s angry, and shout when he’s constantly harassing a nun to marry him. Imagine a Naruto character that has no likable traits or can be relatable in any way.

The story is also very slow and meanders about. Imagine watching the current One Piece episode where it tries to pad its runtime, you hardly see any progress at all. However, One Piece has thousands of episodes behind it and fandom to get away with it, while Black Clover already put filler contents within its introduction arc.

The show is incredibly slow to get into. The series doesn’t get interesting until practically halfway through the first season, around episodes 20 or so. That’s still a lot of episodes to go through to get to a payout. The show also sneaks in the harem tropes around this section. I am surprised they didn’t try to throw in an isekai element in some way.

You may have guessed it by now, I would encourage people to skip this anime series unless you absolutely run out of series to watch. Even then, you will want to turn off your brain for the first half of the season. Black Clover contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young teens.

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Featured Music

Black Clover Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future) by Kankaku Piero (eps 1-13)
– “PAiNT it BLACK” by BiSH (eps 14-27)
– “Black Rover” by Vickeblanka (eps 28-39)
– “Guess Who Is Back” by Kumi Koda (eps 40-51)

Closing Theme

– “Amazing Dreams” by SWANKY DANK (eps 14-27)
– “Black to the dreamlight” by EMPiRE (eps 28-39)
– “four” by FAKY (eps 40-51)

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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